Pope Francis: The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! 'Father, the atheists?' Even the atheists. Everyone!
Venerable Jeanne de Matel, IWBS Foundress:You (Jesus) were with me to fulfill your plan for which you came to Earth... to set hearts ablaze, because you wished to see them burning with your love.
Go to "Our Events" for pictures of the Blessing of our outdoor Stations, Rosary Path and Garden of Gethsamene.
...we shall rise with Christ!
We all know that the Paschal Mystery is the way Jesus attained our salvation through his passion, death and Resurrection. We also realize that if we have united ourselves with the sufferings and dying of Jesus, we can find God on the other side of dying to self. Saint Paul tells us “If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.”
I think that all of us may have experienced the Paschal Mystery more than we may realize and that each of us can reflect back on occasions in which something had to have died before we could open up to that new life-giving “something” that gave us hope and passion for continuing the quest to follow Jesus into the unknown ahead. That “something” can be looked upon as experiencing the “resurrection” or “fullness” of the Paschal Mystery.
So, do I know what it is to be “filled” with the good things of God? Do I know what it is to be a person of hope? Do I believe that the Jesus will continue to be adored, proclaimed, and served in the Church of today and tomorrow?
Do I realize that every time I participate in the Mass, I am participating in this awesome mystery? What a delightful adventure we can all participate in, having the privilege and grace of coming to know the revelation of God! Just think about those moments of harmony in prayer and song that we experience in fervent response in Liturgy when the sacred place and the assembly resonate with the sound of the unifying Spirit!
Think of the strength that is found when the members of a family or the members of a parish strive to accomplish a common goal. Reflect on the blessings that have followed the sorrows, or “dyings”, in your life, and ask yourself, “How am I opening myself to God in the “fullness” or the “resurrection”?
Our Charism and Our Mission in the Church Today
We, the Sisters
of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament of Victoria, Texas,
are women of the Church, who, in our communal living, seek
to focus on the Person of the Incarnate Word through adoration,
witness, and the Extension of the Eucharist by service to others
in a spirit of charity and simplicity.
Our mission is to extend the Incarnation in today's
world by living the Gospel of Love, proclaiming the Good News and
building the Kingdom of God.
Impelled by love to share the Incarnate Word's mission
of bringing God's kingdom to be, we joyfully seek to serve those
in need, through an apostolate of Christian education and care of
the sick as determined by the current needs of the church.
IWBS Leadership Team
The new leadership team of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament Sisters of Victoria, Texas, was installed on June 15, 2012. Standing (Left to Right) are: Sister Odilia Korenek- Second Councilor, Sister Clare Underbrink- Third Councilor, Sister Andrea Hubnik- General Treasurer and Sister Amata Hollas-General Secretary. Seated (Left to Right) are Sister Kathleen Goike-First Councilor, Sister Stephana Marbach- Superior General, and Sister Laura Toman- Fourth Councilor. The team looks forward to serving the Congregation for the next six years.
Right:Sisters Andrea, Laura, Clare, Odilia and Kathleen place their hands on the Word of God as they promise to assist, advise and support the General Superior (Sister Stephana, who is standing at right) in promoting the Charism and mission of Venerable Jeanne de Matel in service to our congregation.Seated at right is Bishop David Felhauer who officiated at the Eucharist. Below: Sisters enjoy a delicious banquet prepared by Sisters and the kitchen staff.
Sisters Share "Interviews With Missionaries" Award with the Catholic Lighthouse
Sister Evelyn Korenek, General Superior (white jacket) and Sister Laura Toman (left) receive the Archbishop Edward T. O'Meara Award from the Society for the Propagration of the Faith from Cynthia Brewer, editor of The Catholic Lighthouse newspaper, and assistant, Regina Matus-Janak(right). Cindy's article on Sister Rebecca Janacek, Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament missionary in Africa, won Honorable Mention 2011 "Interviews With Missionaries." The story was titled "Sister Rebecca: Kenyan Daktari Ya Watu, Wanyama Na Mtu Ya Duka (Doctor, Veterinarian and Shopkeeper)".
IWBS Sisters and Associates Host National Incarnate Word Reunion
The Victoria Sisters and Associates of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament of Victoria hosted the Eighth Incarnate Word National Reunion on July 22-24, 2011. The theme of the assembly was: Sisters and Associates of the Incarnate Word: On the Cutting Edge of a New Vision - Where are WE Standing? As the Sisters and Associates of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament from Cleveland, Corpus Christi, Houston, along with representatives from the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word gathered, the reception area rang out with greetings of joy upon reuniting with old friends and meeting new ones who shared the Incarnate Word heritage. The Reunion gave us the opportunity to search out some aspects of our common heritage, and to share prayer, food and laughter. It gave us an opportunity to share what the Incarnate Word is doing in our lives and ministry,as each Congregation gave a presentation on how its members were "extending the Incarnate Word".
Pictured: (top left) Victoria Sisters; (top right) Victoria Associates; (center right) Corpus Christi Sisters and Associates; (bottom left) Cleveland Sisters and Associates; (bottom center) Houston Sisters and Associate; (bottom right) Houston Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word
Sisters Enjoy Time Together on Community Days
Every member of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament was present at the annual gathering in which we focused upon the continuing effort to Refound our Congregation upon the spirit and charism of our foundress, Venerable Jeanne Chezard de Matel. In the opening session of the assembly, Sister Digna Vela helped us explore the mystery of the Trinity as a model for community and unity. Saturday Father Stan DeBoe and Brother Patrick Wildgen continued the process of encouraging us to live as our foundress did -enbracing whole-heartedly our Triune God and letting go of our fears and beliefs and practices that no longer fit our world today. Sunday morning began with a prayer in which we illustrated the weaving of our spirituality and practices around a maypole. May we continue this weaving as we continue Jeanne de Matel's spirit and charism as we meet the challenges that the "Signs of the Times" present to us as faithful daughters of the Church. We pray that the grace of our Creator God, the love of the Incarnate Word and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit sustain us as our Refounding journey continues.
IWBS Sisters Welcome New Associates of the Incarnate Word
The Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament Sisters are happy to welcome newly consecrated Associates. Their foundress, Jeanne de Matel received a special call to institute an Order that would be a new introduction of the Incarnate Word in the world. She saw, in the Associate program, a way to share this gift with many more persons in their own particular way of life. In an effort to be faithful to our own call "to draw others to share in the graces of the Incarnate Word", we have been sharing our spirit with Associates for some twenty years. We have 140 Associates from more than 20 parishes.
Click on "Our Associates" for more on "Associates' Consecration".
Victoria IWBS Sisters Have a Meeting with "Partners in Mission"
The Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament Sisters have invited "Partners in Mission," some of the lay men and women among whom they minister, to reflect upon needs of the Church and how we can address some of them together.
Our retreat provides time for spiritual renewal, prayer, and reflection!
Competent directors, attentive listening, and quiet reflection spaces contribute to a God-filled experience!
We strive to deepen our relationship with the Incarnate Word so that we can more authentically proclaim Him.
Our Sisters Support Pro-life Activities
Sisters Ready for Right to Life March in January
Our Sisters demonstrate our strong pro-life stance by participating in pro-life activities such as "right to life" marches.
On evenings of executions in Texas, you are invited to join us in a Prayer Vigil at 5:45 PM* in our Incarnate Word Convent Chapel, 1101 NE Water Street in Victoria, Texas. We pray for the murder victim, for family and friends of the murder victim, for the prison guards and correctional officers, for the family of the condemned man/woman, for the man/woman to be executed, and for an end to the death penalty. If you plan to join us, please call and check on the time because some days, our scheduling is altered.
Scheduled Executions in Texas
March 19: Ray Jasper -Executed
March 27: Anthony Doyle -Executed
April 3: Tommy Sells -Executed
April 9: Ramiro Hernandez -Executed
April 16: Jose Villegas -Executed
May 13: Robert Campbell
May 29: Edgardo Cubas
As we reflect on the Incarnate Word and his call for us to rejoice, let us be mindful that we are celebrating the major events of the awesome incarnation, life, death, and resurrection of the Second Person of God, in which He became one of us so that He could redeem us and lead us to the Father. Now, let us seek Him and let us look afresh at this awesome mystery through the eyes of mystics since we are all called, through our Baptism, to be mystics, that is, persons of prayer, persons whose experience of the presence of God is intense and leads to continuing conversion.Let us respond to this call to deep communion of love and of knowledge with God and then share it with all humankind as prophets -persons whocommunicate the message of God to the whole world. Therefore, let us receive God’s love and, in turn, extend it to others -as mystics and prophets in today's Church.Go to Top